Learning how to floss correctly will help removes plaque and food particles in places where your toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and in between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is not just highly recommended, it is a necessity.
In order to experience the full health benefits of flossing daily, our team at Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommends following these techniques:
We also have some insight into the age-old question for you – should you floss before you brush or after? If you asked any one of our team members, you just might get a different answer on this one! Before you report them for not knowing their stuff, each response can be right! As long as you’re doing a thorough job, we don’t care when you floss!
The Case for Flossing Before Brushing
Theoretically, flossing first dislodges the gunk between your teeth, letting the fluoride in your toothpaste reach those crevices better. Also, behavioral scientists say since most people don’t like to floss, it’s better to get the least-pleasant half of your dental routine out of the way first – you’ll be less likely to skip it. Once you have a minty, fresh mouth from brushing, you might be less inclined to feel the need to floss afterward.
The Case for Flossing After Brushing
Some say flossing last is better because it clears your mouth from extra food and debris that could otherwise be carried by the floss into the very spaces you’re trying to clean out. Plus, it might be more pleasant to put those flossing hands into a clean mouth versus an unbrushed one.
Floss when it works for you. But make it a habit! Choose the same time every day, floss once a day, and floss thoroughly. And don’t forget to use the right flossing method: for each new set of teeth, use a new section of floss, and hug each side of the tooth by dragging the floss upward in the shape of a “C.” Want us to show you how? Just ask for help at your next visit! You can quickly make an appointment with our easy, online scheduler HERE.
At Reimels, Miller, Paterra Dentistry our patients health and safety is our top priority.
Our team has been monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We are following the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control, NC State Dental Board, and ADA to maintain a healthy environment. Based on their recommendations at this time, beginning 03/18/20 we will be closed for a minimum of two weeks or until further notice. If you have a dental emergency please call Charlotte Emergency Dental at (704) 525-3939 or email them at CharlotteEmergencyDental@gmail.com. We will be using this time to better our practice and continue to improve all aspects of patient care. Thank you for understanding during this time, stay safe and healthy.